Need to get away and experience some stunning scenery? North Georgia scenic drives are some of the best ways to see the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. There’s no better road trip than one that surrounds you with towering pine trees, mesmerizing mountain mist, and unbelievable horizons. That’s why it’s time to make some lasting memories as you pass through North Georgia’s rolling valleys. After all, the journey is the destination! Below, you’ll find some of our favorite scenic drives through the mountains.
Enjoy your time on the road, but make time to stop and take advantage of the hidden attractions along the way. Along North Georgia scenic drives, there are plenty of fun and relaxing things to do! Stretch your legs on a waterfall hike, wander through historic Downtown Clarkesville, GA, or strap on your water shoes and go whitewater rafting! Whatever you’re interested in doing, our free North Georgia Vacation Guide lists an activity that’s perfect for you. Download yours before embarking on the drive so you’ll be in the know about where to go!
4 of the Best North Georgia Scenic Drives
1. Glen-Ella Springs Inn to Highlands, NC
Wind your way through numerous charming mountain towns when you drive from Glen-Ella Springs Inn to Highlands, NC! This brief, one-hour drive features views of lakes, rivers, mountains, and so much more. This is the perfect route for seeing some of Georgia’s and North Carolina’s finest sights.
2. Georgia Highway 197 to Tallulah Gorge
Prepare for unbelievable sights when you embark on one of the most beautiful North Georgia scenic drives. This course along Georgia Highway 197 follows the Soque River to Burton Lake toward Clayton, Georgia. Take this route and descend into the magnificent Tallulah Gorge State Park, an area bursting with countless hiking and exploring opportunities. This scenic drive offers 45 miles of valleys, rivers, and much more. While in the area, you might even try your hand at Soque River Fly Fishing!
3. The Russell Richard Highway
Beginning in Helen, Georgia, the Russell B. Richard Scenic Highway is a gorgeous route that winds through the Chattahoochee National Forest. Also known as State Route 348, this highway offers spectacular views of timberland forest and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure. Be sure to make a stop at the Duke’s Creek Falls Trail and Raven Cliffs Trail!
4. Helen, GA, to the Brasstown Bald Loop
A drive that winds and dips through some of the most memorable scenic places in Georgia, the Helen to Brasstown Bald Loop offers incredible sights of the North Georgia mountains and other natural features. You’ll be able to experience the Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest point, as well as the Anna Ruby Falls and Unicoi State Park. You’ll take the Russell Scenic Highway on the return back to Helen, a trip that’s filled with wonderful views of North Georgia’s finest scenery.
Begin Your Adventure at Glen-Ella Springs Inn!
Whether you’re craving a delectable home-cooked meal or need a nice place to stay, Clarkesville’s Glen-Ella Springs Inn is a stop you need to make. After hours on the open road, there’s no better place to experience North Georgia’s signature hospitality! Glen-Ella Springs Inn is a luxurious, yet tucked away bed and breakfast in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We provide each and every one of our guests with comfortable rooms, excellent amenities, and award-winning food. Explore the many attractions in the surrounding area or simply spend time relaxing on our peaceful grounds. Stunning views of our beautiful state are right outside your bedroom window!
We also provide a variety of specials and packages to enhance your stay in our little slice of North Georgia heaven. We promise you’ll love what we offer here, so check our availability now and start planning the Appalachian road trip of a lifetime!